Monday, January 16, 2017

Freshman English--Vocabulary List One

Bust of a Woman and Self-Portrait, Pablo Picasso (1929)
Due January 24, 2017

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms are not typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places or allusions to famous things); nevertheless, you should know them. Look up the definitions and parts of speech of each word. Write both in your notebook. (You must handwrite this assignment; not type, or cut and paste). For each of the words, find an excellent context sentence by googling the Internet (always cite your source within parentheses after the sentence--the name of the website). In addition, create an excellent context sentence of your own. Please clearly label the "googled" sentence and your "own" sentence: 
"I" for Internet sentence; "My" for the sentence that you create. Also highlight the vocabulary word in each sentence. All of this work should be written on loose-leaf paper in your notebook, so that it can be turned in for a grade.

English III Vocabulary List One

Due January 24, 2017

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places or allusions to famous things); nevertheless, you should know them. 


  • Look up the definitions and parts of speech of each word. Write both in your notebook. (You must handwrite this assignment; not type, or cut and paste). 
  • For each of the words, find an excellent context sentence by googling the Internet (always cite your source within parentheses after the sentence--the name of the website). 

All Classes--Letter of Introduction

The Son of Man, Rene Magritte (1946)
Due January 18, 2017

In a letter of introduction tell me some things about yourself. I am interested in authentic responses. I want to know about you so I can help you achieve your goals.

Some ideas of what to write about are listed below:
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses in both writing and reading? How can I help you most?
  • If you are enrolled in AP English, what are your specific reasons for taking this class? (does not have to be a love of English)
  • What is your favorite subject and why (does not have to be English)?
  • What are your goals and aspirations for the future?  Do you want to go to college?  If so, where?  What do you want to study? If you do not want to attend college, what are your plans?

English III--Syllabus

English III Syllabus
Mr. Mulhern
Room 2402
Planning--Period 1
scholarmulhern.blogspot.com


Resources:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Collections
McDougal Littell: The Language of Literature
Supplemental Resources: classic novels, Internet sites, and teacher handouts

Freshman English Syllabus, 2016-2017

Scholar and Crane, Ding Yanyong

English I

Mr. James Mulhern
james.mulhern@browardschools.com
754-321-5300

Resources

Textbooks

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 
Florida Collections http://beep.browardschools.com
McDougal Littell: 
The Language of Literature

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

AP English--"I am a woman": Vocabulary, Terminology, Phrases

Woman by the Dresser, Pablo Picasso (1936)
Due December 19, 2016

Knowing all the vocabulary words, terminology, and phrasing below will help you on the AP Exam.  I scan AP Tests to look for wording that may be difficult.  Sometimes I include phrases that you will have to figure out the meaning of by looking up the individual words first.  Some of the words are straight vocabulary, while others are AP terms or simply typical phrasing that occurs on the AP exam. If I repeat words in the list below, simply write "see above."  Remember, "Repetition is the mother of memory."

English IV--Word List Seven


Due December 6, 2016

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Some of them may have been taken from your textbook; a few words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places, allusions to famous things, names of famous people); nevertheless, you should know them. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

English IV--Word List Six



Due November 21, 2016

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Some of them may have been taken from your textbook; a few words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places, allusions to famous things, names of famous people); nevertheless, you should know them. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

English IV--Word List Five


Due November 9, 2016

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Some of them may have been taken from your textbook; a few words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places, allusions to famous things, names of famous people); nevertheless, you should know them. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

English IV--Technology Research Paper


Due: December 13, 2016

What, in your opinion, are the positive and negative consequences/effects of technological advancements? What future technological advancements can you imagine? What positive and negative effects can you envision for the upcoming changes in technology? Support all of your claims/opinions with facts collected through research. Refer to Ms. Rohrbach's excellent Media Center website for assistance:

http://browardschools.libguides.com/ATC/mediacenterhome/ATC/MLA

Sunday, October 9, 2016

English IV--Word List Four


Due October 24, 2016

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places, allusions to famous things, names of famous people); nevertheless, you should know them. 

AP English--"To be a King" Vocabulary Assignment

Due November 17, 2016

Look up the following AP Terms/rhetorical devices/vocabulary words/grammar terms. Write the rhetorical term and the definition on loose-leaf paper in your binder to turn in for a grade. Include at least one example for each term. You will find many examples on the Internet (always cite your source--the name of the website). Then explain why/how you think the specific example that you found is effective (a sentence or two explanation for each rhetorical term/device). Remember to avoid explanations, such as "it draws the reader in," "for emphasis," etc. When you write that, you are stating the obvious. Go to the meaning of the words themselves within the rhetorical device; your explanation of effectiveness should encompass MEANING. The rhetorical device is the red flag to draw your attention, but the effectiveness is expressed through the denotation and connotation and message of the words! Use SOAPSTone to help you think about and explain the effectiveness of the rhetorical term/device.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

AP English--AP Terms, Set Four

A Steep Snow Slope, Nicholas Roerich (1924)
Due October 11, 2016 

Look up the following AP Terms/rhetorical devices/grammar terms/vocabulary/tone words, etc.  Write the term and the definition in your notebook.  Also include at least one example. You will find many examples on the Internet (always cite your source--the name of the website in parentheses). Then explain why/how you think these devices are effective (if appropriate) to use in writing (a sentence or two explanation for each rhetorical device or term). Scholars, be aware that I will sometimes repeat terms.  For example, you may see a term that was listed in an earlier AP Terms Set.  I do this purposefully because "Repetition is the mother of memory."  I expect you again to do all of the above for the term, even though you did the work in a previous set.  I do want you to provide a new, original example (different from the one you provided when you defined the term before).